Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Dashboard is functional, but flair-free
  • Some of the controls are confusing
  • Fine driving position is welcome

How is the quality and layout?

If you’re hoping that the MG 5 EV’s ordinariness outside is going to be dazzled by a cutting edge show-stopper of an interior, these photos will serve little but disappointment.

Let’s be clear, the cabin of the MG isn’t bad – far from it – but save for a rotary-style gear selector, there’s virtually nothing that’s going to send conservative buyers running for the hills following the shock of the new.

Well, most are sensibly sited – it did prove frequently confusing between the buttons just below the touchscreen and those ahead of the gear control, frequently turning the screen off instead of the air-con and vice versa.

Scoring points back in the MG’s favour are the fact that the touchscreen is essentially lag-free in its operation and that the cruise control stalk on the steering column is intuitive, operating much like those fitted in older Mercedes.

Gripes are few, the chief being some of the buttons in the centre console are difficult to reach when two large drinks are in the cupholders, while the front centre armrest’s fixed position is too low and rearward to be much use for elbows.

It’s very dark inside the cabin with masses of black surfaces, and many of the plastics lack the quality you’d find in the Skoda Octavia in particular, but it’s all assembled soundly.

Infotainment and tech

Good quality infotainment systems are fast becoming a must-have for new cars. Often budget brands scrimp on screens but MG hasn’t. It has features most buyers have come to expect, these days, with a central touchscreen for the multimedia and smartphone connectivity – Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both standard – a colour display flanked by two analogue dials in the instrument panel and sensibly sighted controls.

It’s smooth and intuitive. With the huge bezel it hardly looks premium, but at this end of the market we doubt many buyers will care.

Comfort

  • Plenty of room front and rear
  • Dark interior not especially inviting
  • Comfortable ride regardless of road type

There are various yardsticks for determining comfort and with the majority of them the MG 5 EV makes a very good account of itself.

As mentioned earlier in the review, there’s ample space for four adult passengers to stretch out and not feel hemmed in – things only feel cosy in the back when there are three adults or a couple of childseats in the equation.

Seats front and rear would benefit from some more pronounced shaping for better body support when cornering and a less slippery upholstery than the faux leather in Exclusive versions, but overall they get a thumbs up from us.

Being electric, the interior ambience is relatively hushed, even at higher speeds – aside from hearing air rushing around the door mirrors and the sound of the tyres on the road surface, there’s little noise intrusion. Even when being driven harder, the electric motor makes little more than a subdued whine in the background.